A South African surfer made a splash recently in the art world when he shelled out a cool R17 000 for a surfboard.

So yes, granted, it wasn’t just any board. It was a two metre ‘wavescape’ meticulously decorated by underground comic artist Andy Mason.

A stunned Mason said he was “speechless” by the amount of money paid by avid surfboard art collector Glen Thompson. Thompson, who is a surfing historian, also bought Mason’s last two boards in 2005 and 2006. The amount Thompson bid for the “egg surfboard” is believed to be the highest paid in South Africa for a surfboard decorated by an artist.

The sale was part the third annual Wavescapes Surfboard Art Exhibition and charity auction to raise funds for the NSRI and Shark Spotters.
Of the R125,000 raised at the event, R18,500 came from five signed photographs of sharks by a top marine photographer from the Save Our Seas Foundation, Thomas Peschak. A famous image of a great white following a man in a kayak sold for R5,000.

The Wavescapes Film Festival, which kicked off at the Labia in Cape Town yesterday and will run until Sunday, 14 December, also forms part of the event.